Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a lifelong pioneer for gender equality and only the second woman to serve on the nation’s highest court. Hers was an enormous life, full of glass-ceiling-shattering accomplishments. When she passed away on Friday at age 87, people started grieving.
To better understand and appreciate the life of the late Justice, look at these books written by or about Ginsburg.
My Own Words
Written by RBG herself, this collection of Ginsburg’s writings and speeches goes as far back as the eighth grade. They focus on her efforts as a women’s rights crusader. She also recalls her friendly relationships with Republican justices Sandra Day O’Connor and Antonin Scalia. From O’Connor, she learned to “waste no time on anger, regret or resentment, just get the job done”; from Scalia, to attack ideas, not people, because “some very good people have some very bad ideas.”
Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
This book by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik is inspired by the Tumblr that amused the Justice herself. This delightful and engaging take on Ginsburg explores the Supreme Court justice’s elevation to pop culture icon and queen of the internet. No other justice has been the subject of so many memes and “SNL” skits, with her face on coffee cups and tattooed on the bodies of adoring boomers and millennials alike.
Conversations with RBG: Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Life, Love, Liberty, and Law
This book is written by Jeffrey Rosen. In a series of conversations with the head of the National Constitution Center, Ginsburg shares her thoughts on the #MeToo movement, the future of the Supreme Court and Roe v. Wade, her favorite dissents, and her hope that non-disclosure agreements, which have come under fire in sexual misconduct cases, “will not be enforced by the courts.”
The RBG Workout: How She Stays Strong… and You Can Too
In her later years, Ginsburg became an unlikely fitness guru and worked out regularly with a personal trainer. In this illustrated exercise book by Bryant Johnson, that trainer shares the secrets of Ginsburg’s workout, which helped keep her sprightly well into her 80s.
I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark
Written by Debbie Levy, this is a children’s picture book. Young readers can follow the future justice from childhood to the Supreme Court: We see her as a lawyer facing workplace discrimination as a woman, a mother, and a Jew. On each page, kids will witness Ginsburg’s dissenting in the face of injustice.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Life
Written by Jane Sherron De Hart, a historian. This comprehensive biography was 15 years’ worth of interviews and research in the making. It explores the experiences that shaped Ginsburg’s enduring passion for justice and gender equality, at the heart of which was her Jewish heritage.